General Development birth to 1 year

Every child develops at his own rate, and the ages given for the achievement of various skills or aspects of coordination are only approximate. Never try to force your child to go more quickly than he wants to–it will serve no purpose. Let him learn new skills at his own pace, while at the same time providing all the encouragement and help that you can.

The main changes that occur in your baby’s general appearance in this first year of life, besides those of size and weight, are his proportions, posture, and body control. Your baby’s head gradually gets smaller in proportion to the rest of his body, and his limbs lengthen and strengthen, ready for walking. During the first year your baby gains general control ...

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